Press Releases

LAMA Press Release February 15, 2017
Local, Fresh Finds Go On The Block for the First Time

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast for Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, today announced an impressive selection of recently discovered works from original collections in Los Angeles estates for its March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

LAMA Press Release December 7, 2016
LAMA Announces Date for Winter 2017 Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house for modern art and design on the West Coast, has announced the date of its Winter auction, which will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 12pm (PT). The curated LAMA auction will represent many of the most coveted examples of contemporary artwork in today’s market to include rare paintings by Sam Francis, Ed Ruscha and Alma Thomas, sculptural works by Jenny Holzer and Harry Bertoia as well as prints, multiples and works on paper by Keith Haring, Richard Diebenkorn and Roy Lichtenstein. Additionally, the auction will have a strong representation of Modern Design with works by George Nakashima, and Sam Maloof among others

LAMA Press Release October 11, 2016
Results Are In – West Coast Art Market Continues Upward

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) answered questions regarding the health of the art market on Sunday with strong results from its October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction. The top lot in the auction was an iconic painting by Ed Ruscha—Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon (2000), estimated at $150,000-200,000—which soared three times over estimate to $468,750. LAMA set a new world auction record for Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo, selling her 1982 painting Apex for $281,250, and a rare 1955 painting by Southern California Hard Edge master John McLaughlin realized $250,000. LAMA’s total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction realized $4.6 million, selling 113% of the 431 lots by value.

LAMA Press Release August 16, 2016
Abstraction Takes Center Stage at LAMA’s October Auction

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast to buy and sell Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, is pleased to announce an impressive selection of works for its October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction.

The curated auction will represent some of the most coveted examples of abstract artwork, including Helen Frankenthaler’s intimate 1976 acrylic painting, Jade, and Ad Reinhardt’s Abstract Painting, a significant 1958 work from the artist’s pivotal black series. In addition, Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon (2000), an acrylic on raw linen, and Eight Trembling Individuals (1977), a blackberry juice on paper, both by Ed Ruscha will hit the block, marking a milestone for the auction house.

LAMA Press Release June 29, 2016
The Artist’s Artist: Ad Reinhardt Black Painting Goes to Auction

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce Ad Reinhardt’s Abstract Painting (1958) will go to auction on October 9, 2016. This important painting is from a series of black paintings Reinhardt produced between the years of 1953 and 1967, deemed one of the most influential bodies of work in Modern art.

LAMA Press Release June 22, 2016
Paul Kasper Sculptures: Planes in Space

Paul Kasper Sculptures

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce a two-day exhibition and buying opportunity in conjunction with its June 25–26, 2016 Warehouse Sale.

Paul Kasper Sculptures: Planes in Space is the first-ever exhibition of a nearly half century of work by Paul C. Kasper, prolific sculptor, landscape architect, photographer, art collector, and patron of the arts.

LAMA Press Release May 24, 2016
L.A. Auction House Posts Strong Prices for International Works

Lot 200, Sheila Hicks, Untitled, 1975

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), champion of California modern and contemporary art and design, achieved top prices for works by local, national, and international artists and designers at auction on May 22, 2016. LAMA set world record prices for Sheila Hicks, a work on paper by Ken Price, and a painting by Jules Olitski from his late period, proving that geography is not a limitation for this boutique auction house, which continues to secure first-rate consignments. The top lot of the auction, a rare Isamu Noguchi Chess Table rose to $137,500, spurred by competitive floor and phone bidding. LAMA’s total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction realized $2 million, selling 112% of the 326 lots by value.

LAMA Press Release March 29, 2016
LAMA Announces Date for Spring 2016 Auction

Isamu Noguchi Chess Table

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house for modern art and design on the West Coast, has announced the date of its Spring auction, which will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12pm (PT).